If Trump were almost anyone else, he would’ve been considered the presumptive Republican nominee for months now. But tonight, after sweeping all five Republican contests, Trump’s presumptive-ness is undeniable and he reveled in it in his victory speech (and victory Q&A) in New York City.
Trump talked a lot about winning tonight, partly because he’s a narcissist and partly because it’s good electoral strategy. He needs to avoid a second ballot, where Ted Cruz’s Nixon-esque machinations could cost him, so he’s putting pressure on the delegates to vote for him on the first ballot. Delegates from Pennsylvania, which has screwy rules, “have a moral obligation” to vote for him, he said.